Google to Release Diversity Data on its Workforce for First Time

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For the first time, tech giant Google Inc. has announced plans to release the diversity status of its workforce.

The plan to release such details publicly comes as a response to recent escalating pressures on the tech industry to hire more women and minorities, according to The Associated Press.

The statistics, which are part of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, are not required to be made public. But at this week's annual shareholders meeting, the company announced its plans to release the information next month.

Google currently employs about 50,000 people and hires thousands of new workers each year. Critics of the tech industry, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, say the tech industry isn't doing enough to ensure they have a diverse workforce.

According to The Associated Press, about 7 percent of technology workers are black or Latino nationally. And though there are many women in the tech industry, fewer of them are in high paying or executive positives than their male colleagues.

Google said it plans to look for women and minority candidates for the next opening on its board of directors.

For more information on the importance of Diversity in the workforce, see our article on the Business Case for Diversity.

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